Memoirs of a Revolutionist

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Courier Corporation, Mar 5, 2014 - History - 608 pages
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Born into a wealthy family of landowners, Prince Peter Alexeivich Kropotkin (1842-1921) served in the court of the Tsar and held prestigious diplomatic posts. But the prince renounced his life of privilege to embrace nonviolent anarchism, a revolutionary alternative to Marxism. A leading theoretician of his day, Kropotkin wrote the basic books in the library of anarchism, prepared countless pamphlets and speeches, and worked tirelessly to subvert the class structure and promote a philosophy of collective action.
In this autobiography, Kropotkin recounts his early life in the royal court and his military service in Siberia, along with his imprisonment, escape, and European exile. His portraits of nineteenth-century Russian life rival those of the great novelists, ranging from moving examples of the unbridgeable chasm between nobles and serfs to gripping scenes of midnight plots enacted outside the Kremlin’s walls. An eminent geographer and cartographer, Kropotkin also offers fascinating views from his explorations of Siberia. An Introduction and explanatory notes enhance this unabridged edition of a thrilling real-life story of idealism and adventure.

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Nicolas Hardy Walter (1934a2000) was a writer, lecturer and editor of humanist and anarchist conviction. He was involved in anarchist and anti-militarist movements from 1956 and was a founding member of the Committee of 100; worked in publishing and journalism, including Which?, a magazine of a consumers association and The University Libertarian; managing director of the The Rationalist Press Association (RPA) and Vice President of the National Secular Society from 1974; published About Anarchism (1969) and Blasphemy Ancient and Modern (1990) and several other anarchist and anti-militarist books and pamphlets; edited new editions of Peter Kropotkin's Memoirs of a Revolutionist and of Michael Bakunin's Paris Commune and the Idea of the State; contributed regularly to New Humanist, monthly journal of RPA, Freethinker, Ethical Record, Freedom, The Raven and occasionally contributions to The Times Literary Supplement, Higher Education Supplement, New Statesman and The Independent; wrote frequently letters to all kinds of periodicals and featured on radio and television since 1962, including monthly contributions to aPause for Thought' on the BBC World Service; next to the Committee of 100, he also was a member of various other organizations like the Committee Against Blasphemy Law, International Committee for the Defence of Salman Rushdie and His Publishers; wrote often under many different pseudonyms, including Anna Freeman, Arthur Freeman, Mary Lewis, Leonard Newman, Thomas Newman, Jean Raison and others.

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